Masters Program


The Masters program offers opportunities for research in the areas of socio-economic spaces and change, environmental management and governance, and biophysical systems and processes. The program is distinctive in that it emphasizes interrelationships among biophysical and human systems. A unifying theme is the emphasis on integration and evaluation. Scales of inquiry range from the local to the global, in both developed and developing countries.

Admission Standards

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered:

  • A four-year honours baccalaureate or equivalent;
  • A minimum average of 75% (B) during the final two years of undergraduate study.

Program Requirements


  • Thesis
  • Thesis (Manuscript Option )
  • Research Methods (GEOG*6090 and Geog*6091)
  • Three other courses
    • all of which must be from Geography, except with advisory committee approval
    • for MA students, at least 2 social science courses, and for MSc students, at least 2 natural science courses.


  • Research Project (GEOG*6180)
  • Research Methods (GEOG*6090 and Geog*6091)
  • Five other courses
    • at least 4 from Geography, except with advisory committee approval
    • for MA students, at least 3 social science courses, and for MSc students, at least 3 natural science courses.


Students can choose to combine their MA or MSc in Geography with an IDS designation. The collaborative IDS program offers an interdisciplinary framework for the study of international development that combines training in a selected academic discipline with exposure to a broad range of social science perspectives. This designation gives extra flexibility on the job market while permitting disciplinary specialization required by most PhD programs.

The collaborative Geography course requirements include:

  • Research Methods (GEOG*6090 and GEOG*6091)
  • One other Geography course (which can be taken from the IDS core)
  • Either a thesis OR
  • Research Project (GEOG*6180) + one other Geography course not taken as part of the IDS core

In addition to the Geography course requirements, students take the GIDS seminar and one course from each core area: Sociology/Anthropology, Geography, Economics and Political Science. Completion of the GIDS program adds the designation "International Development Studies" to your MA or MSc degree. Visit the GIDS website for more information or e-mail

Residency Requirement and Program Duration

Students must complete the equivalent of at least 2 semesters of full-time study and research. Students are expected to complete the MA/MSc program within 5 semesters.

Transfering from a Masters Program to Doctoral